Palomar College

1140 W. Mission, San Marcos, CA

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1 year ago
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Majors offered at Palomar College

Biggest majors
Social Sciences, General
Biological and Physical Sciences
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

Academics at Palomar College

Student Faculty Ratio
26 to 1
School type
Public 2-year institution

Demographics for Palomar College Students

Ethnicity BreakdownAsianBlackCaucasianHispanicMiddle EasternNative AmericanPacific Islander
Palomar College Students10%5%24%62%2%9%3%
All College Students12%22%36%25%2%2%1%
Gender breakdown
Palomar College Students
< 7% Gender nonconforming
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Common careers for Palomar College students

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Director of Operations97k
Facilities Manager71k
Client Service Manager68k
Human Resources (HR) Manager65k
Office Manager57k
Purchasing Manager51k
Director, Preschool44k
Based on 931 student responses
43.6kAvg. Early Career Pay
65.2kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
62%in High-Meaning careers
3%in STEM careers

Net price of attending Palomar College

Palomar College financial aid

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Student reviews of Palomar College

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Recommended by

100% of students

Known for

Safe campus
Accessible and helpful professors
Helpful career services
Accessible for students with disabilities
Scarlett Cardenas
Italian + 6 others



Everyone here wants you to succeed. There are counselors available to help with our education plan. Switching to full online midsemester was stressful in 2020. Had I not had direct contact with my counselor throughout, I would have had to drop out because of the stress of classes and Covid. Prices for classes are reasonable and there are many services available for students. I highly recommend it.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I've had run-ins with professors or staff that are not helpful in situations such as Covid. Luckily, for every difficult person, there was a helpful one.

Cristina Harris
Painting and Studio Art
Graphic Design
Art + 4 others



My overall experience with Palomar has been majorly in a remote online setting. So I personally couldn't say much about how a classroom environment is, let alone what the campus is like. Though I can say that the teaching and dedication of the professors have been super. They are very dedicated to their respective majors or expertise. You can learn a lot and they are always willing to help. Though personally, I felt very alone during my academic purists. I felt no real connection with the academic staff, school counselors, or peer groups. If you want to solely work on your studies it's a great place. I am optimistic about the campus's potential as it is accessible to new incoming students! I say make the most of it! Try going to a school function, seminar, or volunteer group. (If you're an introvert like me- try little by little to get out of your comfort zone.) And be careful of academic burnout! Don't let all the responsibility make you cave in. Always ask for help! Someone will surely help you. Palomar College is a great place overall! I wish you much luck on your academic journey!

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

The major downside of Palomar College for me is (due to the past pandemic)- I can't say I have grown a connection with academic staff or peers. It has been an isolating few years but it's mostly what you make of it. Personally, I moved to a new place during the start of the Pandemic. So I was away from friends and family. I had to build residency and I was still working on getting my driver's license. I was pretty much isolated with no real student resources or aid of advice. (From my own experience and shortcomings) My advice is to talk to your peers and counselors as much as you can. Because at Palomar it seems it's up to yourself and your own responsibility. They will not reach out to you. And your counselor will not be there unless you schedule appointments on your own. (Even as a prospective transferring student.) Oh, and check your student email regularly!

Nadine Burkett
Art + 1 other



Have fun!

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Being online took away school pride

Dorothy McLain
Babysitting And Childcare
Reading + 8 others



Palomar College has a world-class atmosphere for being a community college. The faculty are well-informed, helpful, knowledgable, and have a true passion for helping the students. I have been attending Palomar College since 2020 and will hopefully complete my studies there in 2024. In my time there I have had professional and courteous help from all faculty and staff.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Covid-19 has dramatically changed the way you need to obtain information regarding books, classes, financial aid, etc. I highly recommend doing your due diligence before signing up for classes. Visit the campus, the bookstore, and the grounds. Make an appointment with a counselor first- they really have the most amazing counselors. The campus can be difficult to navigate but that is only because it is an older campus.

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